A new Google patent describing some neat tech has surfaced today and people seem to think that the patent might have something to do with the company’s augmented reality glasses, Google Glass. Until the Explorer program was pulled, Google Glass was more infamous than famous as wearers of the ahead-of-its-time piece of tech were being mocked and called Glassholes whenever seen with Google Glass on their noses. Many have said that Google Glass was dead, only to be disproved by the company itself, Google has confirmed that Google Glass Mark II is in the works, although the Mark II part was added by some creative mind not belonging to the team behind the augmented reality head-gear.
Google Glass is in the works and being prepped for a re-launch as the developers behind the gear have realized that the potential of the augmented reality features implemented within Google Glass are more suitable for work environments than for entertainment and all-purpose communication like they had thought when releasing the $1500 Google Glass Explorer Edition to the public. Considering the fact that feedback was both negative and positive about the wearable gadget, the team working within Google want to release the second generation Google Glass this year.
The new patent that has been spotted was filed on April 7 and it describes a new type of eye-tracking technology that seems straight out of science-fiction to many. By using eye-tracking and coordinating the data with the software, Google Glass could be able to sync the eye movements and the information pulled from the video feeds in order to display absolutely relevant information to the wearer aka the Glasshole. The implementation of eye-tracking technology in an augmented reality device poses a lot of questions as it seems like a difficult sync to achieve.
Our hunch is that eye tracking is not ready to be used in Google Glass Mark II, but it might be made available later on during the development of augmented reality. The patent that is fueling the rumors about Google Glass describes a complicated technology that uses prisms to take photos of the eyes and juxtapose the data from that photo (the direction the eye is looking at) and synchronizing the images captured by the video feed and with GPS data in order to provide relevant information about the location you’re pointing at. Excuse me, looking at. Although Google Glass seems like the perfect medium for the implementation of this technology, we’re not sure if the tech is truly ready to be synced up with hundreds of apps that we use on a daily basis. A theory about Google having their own database and using that for generating information seems more plausible.
Google has a very extensive ecosystem on the internet and that’s what could be effectively used in the development of Google Glass – the next generation. Google has access to all the information that Google Glass could need (from an average user perspective) through Google Now and could easily use Google Maps to help the video feed out in talking to the eye tracking technology embedded in the lens. It’s hard to imagine that this tech could be ready from the get-go. Our guess would be that if the company truly makes use of the eye tracking technology patent in this year’s Google Glass edition, it might be far from perfect. Nor smooth for that matter.
Although some might say that Google Glass is dead, others that it’s ready for eye-tracking technology, opinions vary and a conclusion cannot be drawn until the company comes clean about how further along development of the smart glasses actually is. They will have to do everything right, starting with the Google Glass price, if they want the new generation to be consumer-friendly, yet still market it towards working environments. Do you think that Google Glass has a place in the communication industry or do you think that its place should be in the heavy machinery, industrial factory type of industry instead?